Blue Jays: Minor League Free Agents worth the gamble in 2018

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Austin Bibens-Dirkx- Texas Rangers

Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his MLB debut last season as a 32-year old and performed adequately for the Texas Rangers. The hurler made 24 appearances including 6 starts accumulating a 4.67 earned run average. Two of his six starts were one-run, 7-inning performances versus the Nationals and Yankees.

The journeyman has played everywhere imaginable including two seasons with the Blue Jays from 2013 through to 2015. Bibens-Dirkx could provide some veteran leadership on the farm and be utilized as a depth starter if the need presents itself seeing the Blue Jays utilized 14 different starting pitchers in 2017.

You can never have enough arms and this veteran has more upside than some of the hurlers we saw toe the rubber in 2017.

A.J. Jimenez- Texas Rangers

If you are looking for a catcher with a stick, then A.J. Jimenez is not the free agent for you. If his name sounds familiar it should. Jimenez spent his entire career with the Blue Jays with the exception of 2017 after signing a free agent deal with the Texas Rangers last offseason.

Jimenez is a defence first backstop who has great game-calling skills and works well with pitching staffs. In 2017, Jimenez made his MLB debut with the Rangers seeing action in 7 games while hitting an uninspiring .083 with a single in 12 plate appearances.

The former 9th round pick of the Jays is a career .266 hitter spanning over 596 games on the farm. Jimenez would be a good insurance policy while handling the Bisons catching duties especially seeing the Jays could lose Rafael Lopez to free agency as well this offseason.